Brazilian designer Gabriela Maraschin crafts her polymer clay jewelry as an ode to the places she’s seen. Each collection is inspired by her travels and after 8 years of roaming with her family she has a lot to be inspired by. A move to France with her husband and baby awoke a travel bug that lead the once journalist to start her own travel blog. After relocating to the USA in 2015 Gabriela felt the urge to create something with her hands, an outlet to express her experiences. Working with clay gave her a way to communicate the memories she was carrying with her; the people, places, food, a conversation.
Her current collections are all inspired by a road trip through California. Earthy colors mimic the light in the desert, the sand on the beach, the tones of the foliage and even a deep red aptly named Wine. Each piece is hand crafted using locally sourced materials in Upstate, New York. The polymer clay comes from an independent art shop near Gabriela’s home, the bags from an artisan in Illinois and the leather cord from an American company that uses non toxic dyes.
Hello Zephyr is a modern and minimal approach to statement jewelry. The pieces are lightweight, comfortable to wear, but unique and attention grabbing. The palette and clean lines compliment each other so beautifully; and I love seeing the story of her travels conveyed through her designs. The Route 66 earrings pictured are part of Gabriela’s Open Road collection. They remind me of gritty desert sand meeting a bright sky on the horizon. The Wine Choker, well you can’t come to California and not have wine. The color is a perfect Cabernet, balanced against the nude leather cord and grey bead. See our images of the pieces below and view the rest of her collection here.